Failover Cluster Node Startup Order in Windows Server 2012 R2

In this blog, my Colleague, JP, and I would like to talk about how to start a Cluster without the need of the ForceQuorum (FQ) switch.  We have identified 3 different scenarios and how the Cluster behaves when you turn on the nodes in a certain order for Windows Server 2012 R2.  I first want…


Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, thisarticle explains KMS Activation. Now, let’s jump into some common activation scenarios. Scenario 1 – Security…


Errors Retrieving File Shares on Windows Failover Cluster

Hi AskCore, Chinmoy here again. In today’s blog, I would like to share one more scenario in continuation to my previous blog on Unable to add file shares in Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster. This is about WinRm a setting that could lead to failure on adding file shares using Windows 2012/2012R2 Failover Cluster Manager….


How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I've been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft.  I have been asked by many customers "What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?".  There are minimum recommendations in the technical documentation (and release notes), but those recommendations are more on…


So what exactly is the CLIUSR account?

From time to time, people stumble across the local user account called CLIUSR and wonder what it is, while you really don’t need to worry about it; we will cover it for the curious in this blog. The CLIUSR account is a local user account created by the Failover Clustering feature when it is installed…


CROSS POST: How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Matthew Walker that we felt needed to also be on the AskCore site as well due to the nature and the popularity of the article.  So we are going to cross post it here.  Please keep in mind that the latest…


Unable to add file shares in a Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

My name is Chinmoy Joshi and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. I’m writing today to share information regarding an issue which I came across with multiple customers recently. Consider a two node 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using shared disks to host a File Server role. To add shares to…


Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012. Please see: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix And Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 without KB2819476 hotfix…

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